For those of you who don’t know me personally, a fun fact is that I grew up in Barbados! My granny’s side of the family is from here so my mum and I moved down from the states and stayed here for 12 years. Don’t feel weird, I know a lot of people don’t know where Barbados is (it’s pretty small), so here’s a map:
As you can see, it’s a tiny (only 166 sq. mi.) island that sticks out to the right wayyy down near South America. If you have heard of Barbados before it might be because it’s where Rihanna is from! I could go on and on about all the amazing places to see and things to do here but that will need to be another post because today I want to tell you about Crop Over.
What is Crop Over?
Crop Over started back in the 1700’s when it was a celebration of the end of the sugar cane season – literally the crops are over. The festival died out a little and then in the late 1900’s it started to get popular again. Crop Over lasts for about two months with parties almost every night and ends with Kadooment (the biggest party of the season) on the first Monday in August. It basically consists of a lot of drinking and a lot of dancing!
I had seen my family and babysitters doing Crop Over my whole life but my first year jumping (thats what you call it when you’re participating in the event) was in 2007 and then I was hooked. The costumes are usually some form of feathers and beaded bikinis – for the women – and the fancier the costume, the more feathers and beads you will have or the skimpier it gets haha it can go either way. There are different bands (groups) that you can purchase your costume from and there are different colours and versions of each costume within each band. It can get pretty pricey depending on which section of the band you want to be in. Whichever band you purchase your costume from will be the band you stay with for the day, so make sure you’re in the same band as your friends!
Here are some pictures of me (and my friends) doing Crop Over from 2007 to now!
Since Rhianna is from here she obviously participates in Crop Over festivities but unfortunately she wasn’t able to make it this year. Some other notable celebrities who came for the event were Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1 Champion and Chanel Iman, Victoria’s Secret Model. Just go on Facebook/Instagram and check out some hashtags with their names right now!
This even keeps growing and every year I say it’ll be my last year and then every year I have so much fun that I start planning for the next year. So mark your calendar for the first Monday in August (the 7th) 2017 and start saving up your money now!